Archive for the ‘Buffers & Corridors’ Category

Southeastern Prairie Symposium

November 22, 2011 Leave a comment

May 14-17, 2012
Starkville, Mississippi


Shelterbelts on the Prairies

October 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Soil and Pasture Rental Rates from UDSA

August 5, 2010 Leave a comment

5 Aug 2010.  The tool has been updated.

USDA has a new tool that lets you download soil and pasture rental rates (for CRP and other uses) in a variety of ways.  Also has an EI caclulator.

Trout Amid the Cows – Thanks to CRP

November 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Bobwhite Restoration Project

September 17, 2009 Leave a comment

My colleagues just completed a multi-state northern bobwhite research initiative. The final report was just published by NRCS and is available online.  It summarizes a suite of research projects that will improve conservation on farms. A quote from the Foreward should pique your interest – “You will find clear, concise recommendations and the kind of conservation practices to use on your farm or recommend to others for quail restoration. Much of the bobwhite’s needs are supported by farm bill programs approved by Congress and administered by USDA NRCS.”L. Pete Heard

Backyard Conservation

February 17, 2009 Leave a comment

Don’t own a farm?  You can still create riparian buffers along sensitive habitats adjacent to your yard.  Create a Backyard Buffer courtesy of the Wildlife Habitat Council.

Corridors for Conservation

February 15, 2009 Leave a comment

USDA has published a new 136-page corridor manual:

Bentrup, G.  2008.  Conservation Buffers: Design Guidelines for Buffers, Corridors, and Greenways.  Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-109.  USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station.

This is the NEW best corridor manual in existence, a planning tool following up  Conservation Corridor Planning at the Landscape Level (the “old” best corridor manual reviewed earlier by yours truly).  This new manual is designed for use in the field.  It is small and spiral bound.  It has great diagrams, rules of thumb for the practical landowner, and it describes design guidelines for 7 major objectives – water quality, biodiversity, productive soils, economic opportunities, protection & safety, aesthetics & visual quality, and outdoor recreation.  Importantly, it updates the science and includes recommendations for both urban and agricultural landscapes.

At, you can also download the bibliography ( 1,400+ references!), case studies and slideshows that complement the guide.  Available as a free downloadable pdf or order it as a spiral bound copy.

One caveat: This new manual does not make the “old” best corridor manualConservation Corridor Planning at the Landscape Level – obsolete.  The old manual is a different type of publication – more like a textbook with more detailed explanations of the theories behind design principles and numerous detailed case studies.  For classroom study or for designing comprehensive management plans, the first corridor manual is still “required reading.”

Effects of Conservation Practices on Wildlife

January 30, 2009 Leave a comment

USDA’s Conservation Assessment Effects Project has just released two extensive reviews of the effects of agricultural conservation practices – like those used in CRP and other conservation programs  (public announcement here).  Part A addresses terrestrial habitats and Part B addresses aquatic habitats.  Even better is the dynamic bibliography.

Field Borders for Wildlife

January 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Missouri Extension has published a great guide for installing field borders (herbaceous strips of vegetation replacing crops at field edges) entitled Field borders for agronomic, economic and wildlife benefits.   The document illustrates some important principles of corridor design that we focus on in my course, but that are not incorporated (intentionally!) into farm plans nearly enough.  The document is b/w, but color versions of the pictures can be viewed on the html version HERE.

Designing Corridors – GIS Toolkit

The folks at say it best “Our goal is to transfer everything we’ve learned about designing wildlife corridors to the public to facilitate better conservation, science, and dialogue.”  The site includes examples, how-tos, white papers and – best-of-all – dozens of ArcGIS extensions.  All free.  Developed for Arizona, no doubt they could be adapted for anywhere.  See the scientific publication in Conservation Biology.  You could make an entire graduate seminar course out of this website!!


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